A verite documentary about legendary music festival (dubbed Zaire 74), and the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, among a host of others.
Annie Mac spends time with the original Superstar DJ, Fatboy Slim AKA Norman Cook. Annie discovers Norman's love for football and all things Brazil as the "unofficial ambassador" for the 2014 World Cup Brazil. Annie rewinds it back in Norman's spiritual home Brighton and attends a Fatboy Slim headline show to find out why he's still a Superstar DJ.
This four-part series tells the untold story of British pop, as reflected through artistic mediums beyond music. From the fashionable androgyny of David Bowie to the psychedelic imagery of Pink Floyd, this episode explores the role of photography in pop music.
Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments - the human voice - the third episode of Soundbreaking surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. At once the most fundamental component of a song and the most challenging to capture, the vocal track is the product of a complex collaboration between performer, producer, and sound engineer - a titrate of artistic commitment, compelling concept, and technical wizardry that, at its best, turns a lyric into the soul of the song. Featuring rare studio footage of some the world's most renowned vocalists - from blues divas to suave crooners to rock star screamers - the show considers the gamut of tricks and techniques that can both enhance and alter the human voice, and explores the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great.
The Triffids were hailed by the British music media as "one of the most influential and important bands to come from Australia", and their 1985 album Born Sandy Devotional, is the basis of their legacy.
As one of the top UK bands of the 1990s, Blur were a pioneering force behind the Britpop movement and are widely hailed as one of the most influential bands of the era. Get the inside story on the band during the documentary Blur: No Distance Left To Run.
In the 1980s, seminal British indie group The Smiths were cult stars for British teenagers seeking the sound of electric guitars in an era awash with synthesised pop, but the generation they inspired would not be content with underground success, and in the form of Oasis, brought UK indie rock crashing into the mainstream.
Featuring visionary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and acclaimed and daring singer and songwriter Fiona Apple, who exploded on to the pop music scene in 1996 with her debut album 'Tidal' and the Grammy Award-winning 'Criminal'.
This episode explores grunge, a.k.a. the Seattle Sound, from a decidedly fresher approach, inspiring two fundamental questions: 'Why did grunge polarise the metal community?' and 'What are the true roots of grunge?'
This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the music which has shaped the world, each episode charts the development of a different genre of music, from ragtime, rhythm 'n' blues, musical theatre, folk, swing, country and western, rock'n'roll and beyond. The series features rare interviews with the most significant musicians of the 20th century. Episode six explores Tin Pan Alley and features Bing Crosby, Al Johnson and Gershwin.
Seven Ages of Rock explores the music that has been the soundtrack of popular culture and defined each generation since the '60s, charting the story of rock music from the suburb to the stadium, from the crackly 45 to the MP3 download.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal.
Nick Cave is Australia's pre-eminent lyricist. The group the Bad Seeds was formed in the early 1980s in Europe around the core team of Cave and his musical director Mick Harvey. The make-up of the group has gradually evolved over time. This evolution of band members has been a constant dynamic in Cave's musical career.
Many rock academics have proclaimed that the truly progressive musicianship of the last 20 years has been found in heavy metal. Progressive metal is a genre that has exploded with creativity, spawning genre-defying acts.
On April 1st 1994 Kurt Cobain jumped over the wall of the drug rehabilitation centre he was staying at in LA. On April 8th an electrician discovered his body at his home in Seattle. During those seven days Kurt was officially listed as a missing person. This documentary speaks to some of the people who saw or met up with him in that last week. The woman who watched him lick his plate clean, and fail to sign a cheque, in his local restaurant; Duff Mckagan, former bass player of Guns n Roses, who sat next to him on the plane back to Seattle; his drug counselor from rehab. There are also those who claim to have seen him in those last few days, to have touched the hem of his cloth. And there is Brant, who saw him in a dream the night before he died. It is a film about the generation of a myth. Of the deification of Cobain and the eerie silence that fell over Seattle in the days following his death, when his ghost wandered the city.
In mid-January 2006 The Herd, an independent Australian hip-hop group approached Broken Yellow, a small Sydney-based production company, to start work on the music video for I Was Only 19. The song is a cover of the Redgum version which was a Vietnam War anthem. The music video is set in the Vietnam jungle and attempts to illustrate the daily struggles of a Vietnam veteran in the aftermath of the war. The music video forms a moving tribute not only to the song but also to the Vietnam veterans and their message.
MusiCares was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy to provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, through innovative programs and services. In February 2013, Bruce Springsteen was honoured as the 2013 MusiCares Person Of The Year. This recording brings together a stellar list of other artists paying tribute to Bruce and his music performing many of the songs he wrote throughout his illustrious career, as well as Bruce himself and the E Street Band performing new songs and a few favourites.
A second season, showcasing a first-hand look into the cultures and artists behind some of the world's most compelling music scenes. In the hip-hop capital of the world, Young Thug, Killer Mike, Migos, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty and more explore the evolution of trap music, from drug houses to the top 40.
During his relatively short life Bob Marley achieved almost Saint like status with his spiritual message of one love and world peace. Featuring his music, film footage shown for the first time and exclusive interviews, we seek to examine the motivations of the man, to provide an in-sight into his relationships and the development of his musical excellence through the people that knew and worked with him.
Civil revolutions and Bell Canto, Paris Salon Culture, and German song. Rossini, Verdi, Wagner and Puccini took the world of Opera to new heights. The many sides of romantic music are explained in this episode. Featuring Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Kollo, Anna Netrebko, Julia Fischer and many more.
If the vocal track is the heart of a song, the rhythm track--the beat--is its body. It is the sonic element that taps into the most primal part of us and makes us want to move. The Rhythm Track breaks the beat down, and examines the endless experimentation that has taken place in its core, the very bedrock of all music. Charting the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beatbox and beyond--from Little Richard and James Brown to disco and EDM--Episode Five listens in on the ongoing dialogue between dance floor and recording studio, and captures the ever-evolving process of building an irresistible beat.
This episode in our series chronicles a watershed event in the history of music: the moment when the recording studio itself effectively became an instrument and gave rise to sounds that could never be reproduced live. Beginning with the advent of magnetic tape and multi-tracking technology, and charting its evolution from the four or eight tracks used by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, to the sixteen- and twenty-four track productions created by Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, to the digital innovations that today fuel the work of artists such as Beck, Bon Iver, and Radiohead, Painting with Sound traces the birth and development of a new art form--one wholly distinct from what throughout all prior human history had been meant and understood by the word "music."
Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, this series tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video's role in the popular music of today.This episode proceeds from the once-preposterous notion that music is a visual art form. Chronicling the era in which MTV forged an indelible and inextricable link between recorded music and the newly emergent music video, Sound and Vision considers what it means to see music as well as hear it. Offering unprecedented exposure to artists with a knack for the form-- Michael Jackson, Madonna, Billy Idol, the Eurythmics--MTV turned singles into smash hits and musical performers into international celebrities. It also created new expectations of musical entertainment and imposed new burdens on recording artists. Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, Episode Seven tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video's role in the popular music of today.
The sounds of 1950s Chicago spring to life in this musical drama based on the true story of Leonard Chess, a bar owner turned record mogul who signs a lineup of future legends to his fledgling label, Chess Records.
The 20th century is a century of extremes; technical revolutions and two World Wars. Challenged by Jazz, classical music became a weapon of reaction, but also a vision of modernity. Visual artists also established impressionism and expressionism to new aesthetic parameters. Featuring Renee Fleming, Jamie Cullum, Yoko Ono, Leonard Bernstein and many more.
Soundbreaking begins where a recording does--at the intersection of inspiration and execution. There stands the enigmatic figure of the record producer, the person charged with the critical task of both realizing an artist's vision and capturing it for posterity. Profiling some of the most accomplished and revered producers in the recording industry, Episode One offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches: between the inspired guidance of George Martin in his work with The Beatles and Phil Spector's dictatorial insistence on his signature sound; between the gentle coaxing with which Rick Rubin brought Johnny Cash back to greatness, and the fierce creative independence of artist-producers such as Joni Mitchell and Sly Stone. In the process, The Recording Artist underscores the way in which any music recording is the product of a delicate and infinitely variable balance between man and machine.
An emotional story of Western men and Eastern women - told from the inside and captured by Marc Eberle, with intimate access to both sides of a complex story, alongside a backdrop of fabulous Khmer pop music.
An up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, Frank Sinatra. Focusing on Sinatra's first 60 years, beginning with his birth in Hoboken, New Jersey and meteoric rise in his 20s, and drawing on comments from friends and family, as well as never-before-seen footage from home movies and concert performances, this unprecedented tribute to the beloved showman follows Sinatra's growth from roadhouse performer to global singing sensation.
In the penultimate episode of The Blues, director Mike Figgis (Stormy Timecode) gets musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Tom Jones to perform and talk about the music of the early 60s when the British invasion reintroduced the blues sound to America.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the world's best albums. Eric Clapton and the original Cream band members review their classic 1967 album Disraeli Gears track by track. Features archive footage of the band.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the world's best albums. The members of Rush talk about their experience making the platinum-selling albums 2112 and Moving Pictures, which topped charts around the world.
This four-part series tells the untold story of British pop, as reflected through artistic mediums beyond music. It looks at how photography defined the scene, the phenomenal influence of art schools and fashion, the love/hate relationship with cinema, and the pivotal role of star-makers in the modern music industry. The first episode examines the enormous influence of art schools and students on pop music, from the 1960s to now.
While the Broadway musical has entertained audiences for over a century, the history behind these entertainments provides a fascinating window into the culture of America. Though Broadway theatres themselves have mostly stayed the same, musicals have always reflected the changing times.
In 1976 four young men from ruined, post-industrial Manchester, England went to see the Sex Pistols. They formed a band, Joy Division. Three years later it was a matter of art, life and death. Now thirty years later, they are enjoying a larger audience and more influence than ever before with a profound legacy that resonates fiercely in today's heavily careerist music industry and over-mediated pop culture. Pieced together from archival footage as well as new interviews with the remaining band members and musical experts, Joy Division is the definitive documentary about this influential and timeless band.
Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces George Harrison's life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs.
Ozzy Osbourne's four-decade track record as a culturally relevant musical artist is unprecedented, but his personal struggles have been shrouded in myth and secrecy. In some ways, Ozzy's fame has been predicated on his prodigious drug and alcohol intake, his musical accomplishments overshadowed by his 'Madman' persona.
Sometimes we must fight in order to be free... Artifact is an award winning film by Jared Leto about the making of the Thirty Seconds to Mars album 'This Is War' and the band's battle against record label EMI.
This week Seven Ages of Rock explores Art Rock, 1966-80. From the pop-art multimedia experiments of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground to the sinister gentility of Peter Gabriel's Genesis, via the psychedelia of Pink Floyd and the theatricality of David Bowie, this episode traces the story of how artistic and conceptual expression permeated rock.
Two talented creatives from different fields come together to discuss their work. We meet rapper/comedian Adam Briggs and Grammy Award-nominee Courtney Barnett who talk about their fears of performing.
The notion of the mad genius has stimulated the imagination for many years but is it plausible? Can some seemingly debilitating disorders stimulate creativity? Creative Disorders is a documentary which tells the story of Nick Van Bloss, a musical prodigy living with Tourettes Syndrome.
We are lead through a number of cities to shows us the works and explain through animated graphic novels, the composers and the historical events that helped shape the sound of the era. Featuring Daniel Hope, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon and many more.
The directorial debut of Mike Myers, aka Austin Powers, is a star-packed look at a legendary showbiz figure. Shep Gordon is the quintessential talent agent, a mover and a shaker who fell into the job when he met Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix on his first day in LA. His first client was Alice Cooper, his second Pink Floyd. From the weird (he once shared custody of a cat with Cary Grant) to the sublime (he once dated Sharon Stone), his stories are endlessly entertaining. His clients have some tales to tell too - Michael Douglas, Teddy Pendergrass, Sylvester Stallone, Blondie to name a few. Gordon stays on good terms with them all - including playing golf with Alice Cooper. Above it all, everyone says he's a nice guy, a person of integrity and honour, and this spirit shines throughout Myers' lively debut.
"They were very scruffy" recounts Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager, as he describes the Beatles' early escapades in Hamburg and Liverpool Soon Brian Epstein appeared on the scene, although he didn't like the sound the Beatles made. Nor did any record producer, and even George Martin now admits that he never believed they would make worldwide hit song writers. There was a cost, of course, which eventually had to paid for this extraordinary euphoria. But, at the time, no-one seemed to care.
In the 1930s and '40s, hundreds of female musicians toured the country in glamorous all-girl bands, while others played side by side with their male counterparts. Yet by the mid-1950s, female jazz musicians had disappeared from the music scene; their names and their contributions to music, completely forgotten. We reveal the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism, and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire, and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.
Legendary pop music genius, record producer Phil Spector created the 'wall of sound' behind some of the greatest hits of the '60s: Be My Baby, He's a Rebel, Da Doo Ron Ron, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, to name just a few. Today he is imprisoned serving 19 years-to-life for the murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. During his first trial (a hung jury), Spector gives a rare freewheeling interview to Vikram Jayanti, filmed at his castle, seated before the white piano which he bought with John Lennon, for Imagine. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
The second album by Black Sabbath, released in 1970, has long attained classic status. Paranoid not only changed the face of rock music, but also defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history.
Encourage your students to develop their musical skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music, including dynamic, pitch and rhythm with this collection. (ACAMUM080, ACAMUM084, ACAMUM088, VCAMUR020, VCAMUR024, VCAMUR028, VCAMUR032)